I really do have the best wife on the planet, but that's not what this post is about. She has this incredible ability to get the perfect gift for any occasion Ė whether itís for the kids, our friends, or anyone else! Of course, that leaves me with the tough task of getting those great gifts for her, too.

I'm a guy, so I hate shopping. I think that's part of most men's DNA. Last year, I decided to shop both in stores and online. But I never really found what I was looking for, so, I settled for what I thought would be okay. Let's just say they werenít my best choices. So, Iíve vowed this year, that's all going to change.

I solemnly swear that every gift I buy for my wife Ė whether from myself or from my kids Ė will be bought through the miracle of online commerce. I've been gathering ideas all year and putting them in my Evernote app, so Iím fully prepared when it's time to log on and melt the credit card online. I found gifts large and small, romantic and funny, expensive and ridiculous. I found cards, gift bags (because men don't wrap gifts, we just stuff them into a bag and put tissue paper around them), and just about everything else I need to make my wife think I spent hours running around to find the perfect gifts for her. Unless, of course, she reads this blogÖ

I've already bought some things, consciously avoiding Cyber Monday, or any other manufactured date to spend money online. My price alerts have been set, and Iíve even signed up for e-mail notifications to fill my inbox and remind me to buy the things on my list. And most importantly, I won't be in some crowded store on December 23rd or 24th, like I have many times throughout my adult life.

Yeah baby, I'm going to harness technology and let it work for me, so I don't have to run around like a crazy man looking for the perfect Christmas gift. Let's just hope everything I want is in stock.

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Mark Edwards

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